The Social Security System (SSS) said it disbursed P6.23 billion disability benefits in 2020.
The pension fund said this amount benefitted 118,755 members with disability. However, the disbursements were 12.6% lower than in 2019.
“We facilitated the use of the dropbox system to minimize face-to-face transactions to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our top priority is the health and safety of our transacting members and our employees,” Ignacio said.
“We have pushed for the digitalization of all our services amid the pandemic. However, we are already working on disability and death benefits to be included in the pipeline soon for the safety and convenience of our members,” she added.
According to SSS, there are now around 25 online services available on the My.SSS portal.
Members may submit their requests for Member Data Change for simple corrections, while employers can submit Sickness Benefit Reimbursement Applications of their employees through the said portal.
SSS released P6.23B in disability benefits for 2020
Members and employers can also get a Real-Time Processing of Loans Payment Reference Number (RTPL-PRN), which will be mandatorily implemented on May 1, 2021; Benefit Re-disbursement Module, and improved Disbursement Account Enrollment Module (DAEM), SSS said.
The agency also improved its online SS Number Application facility and gave members with access to the Remittance Transfer Company/Cash Payout Outlet (RTC/CPO) Reference Number Inquiry.
“They can also access other virtual services, including viewing contribution and loan records; and inquiring on the status of their benefit claims and eligibility for benefit programs, among others,” the pension fund said.
“In addition to the My.SSS portal, this information may also be accessed using the SSS Mobile App and Text-SSS,” it added.
“By using the My.SSS Portal, members can set an appointment with an SSS branch, send a request for SSS records, enroll in the Personal Equity and Savings Option (PESO) Fund or Flexi-fund, use a simulated retirement calculator, and view details of their Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card or SSS ID, as well as change their account password. With the SSS Mobile App, they can also pay contributions using PayMaya and the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI),” it said.